WSOF lightweight Nick Newell announces retirement

WSOF lightweight Nick NewellAfter picking up a victory at last weekend’s World Series of Fighting event, lightweight Nick Newell announced his retirement from MMA. He leaves the sport with a 13-1 record.

After the fight, Newell explained on Twitter by saying, “Hey everybody pulled out the W. Wasn’t pretty but I did it. MMA has taken me to such great heights but I’m calling it a career.”

Newell, who was born with a congenital amputation of his left arm, began his MMA career in 2009. He won his first five fights on the independent circuit before signing with XFC in 2011. There he went 4-0, gained exposure on AXS TV and captured the promotion’s lightweight championship.

In 2013, Newell moved to WSOF. After a pair of victories over Keon Caldwell and Sabah Fadai, he earned a title shot against champion Justin Gaethje. In his title challenge, Gaethje proved to be the better fighter with a dominant second-round knockout.

Newell returned to WSOF and picked up two more wins before retiring from the sport. At WSOF 20 he scored a decision over Joe Condon. In his last fight, he took home a decision win against Tom Marcellino at WSOF 24.